The highly-anticipated sequel to 2019’s Shazam!, titled Fury of the Gods, is set to hit theaters on March 17, 2023, and early reactions from critics suggest that it will be just as fun and charming as its predecessor.
The first Shazam! movie earned high praise for its lighthearted take on the superhero genre, offering a much-needed break from the more serious and brooding DC films. Audiences responded positively to the humor and heart of the film, and it appears that the sequel delivers more of the same.
According to early reviews, Fury of the Gods maintains the same level of humor and heart that made the first film a hit, even as it introduces new villains and a larger cast. Critics note that the Shazam family, who played a minor role in the first film, get more screen time and are given their own chances to shine.
Perhaps the most buzzed-about aspect of the sequel is the introduction of the Daughters of Atlas, played by Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, and Rachel Zegler. Critics are already praising these new additions to the DC universe, with many calling them the MVPs of the film.
Check out the reactions:
#ShazamFuryOfTheGods // #ShazamMovie is a super-powered sequel that packs a punch. A super solid, super fun & super smart blend of hilarity, heart & heroics. Ramps up the action & irreverence to a delightful degree. Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu & Rachel Zegler are MVPs. ❤️ the dragon! pic.twitter.com/C4eP4ukAk1
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) March 7, 2023
Shazam! Fury Of The Gods is a super fun and worthy sequel. Not a game changing comic book movie, but it wins you over with its characters and energy. Has some real surprises and a knowing sensibility that suit it well – plus some creative and exciting monster action. #ShazamMovie pic.twitter.com/J5gXH3lzzx
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) March 7, 2023
I saw #Shazam! Fury of the Gods!
It’s a really good sequel. The theme of found family delivers great emotional beats. Sandberg sprinkles some horror elements while maintaining the childish joy & charm of the Shazamily.
Nothing brand new but highly entertaining! Really enjoyed. pic.twitter.com/7BFToNMRDj
— The Brandalorian (@BrandonDavisBD) March 7, 2023
SHAZAM FURY OF THE GODS is endearing, hilarious, entertaining and epic. Helen Mirren stands out as a great addition to Shazam’s roster. Sandberg’s film is just as engaging as the first, but here the stakes are upped. Huge twists galore, DC fans are going to love Shazam 2 #Shazam pic.twitter.com/nrNedK2xIu
— Ben Rolph / TheDCTVshow (@TheDCTVshow) March 7, 2023
#ShazamFuryOfTheGods is a MAGICAL and HILARIOUS family adventure. @PonySmasher SUPERCHARGES everything that made the first film special with the heart of the story always the SHAZAMILY. @RachelZegler and Jack Dylan Grazer steal every scene. #ShazamMovie@WBPictures @WarnerBrosCA pic.twitter.com/k3TCzu0BzS
— Daniel Baptista – The Movie Podcast (@dbapz) March 7, 2023
#ShazamFuryOfTheGods is what I wanted the movie to be. The film does a good job of balancing this large cast and it’s just a fun superhero movie with a lot of heart. I’d love to see these characters and actors carry on in the #DCU and I think it can fit it. Go see it for yourself pic.twitter.com/MkhTz3GqjO
— Joseph Deckelmeier (@Joelluminerdi) March 7, 2023
While some critics feel that Fury of the Gods doesn’t break any new ground, they also note that the story still packs an emotional punch and offers a few surprises for viewers. And while there are a few negative reviews out there, even they acknowledge the strong chemistry between Djimon Hounsou’s Shazam and Jack Dylan Grazer’s Freddy Freeman.
Overall, it seems that Shazam! Fury of the Gods is poised to be a crowd-pleaser when it hits theaters on March 17. With its blend of humor, heart, and action, it offers a fun alternative to the more serious superhero fare out there. Whether you’re a fan of the first film or just looking for a fun night out at the movies, Fury of the Gods is definitely worth checking out.
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